This collection of quotations is primarily designed for preachers, but we believe will be of benefit to new Christians, those involved in personal evangelism and all servants of our Lord Jesus Christ who need the help and encouragement which such tools can bring.
Some quotes or illustrations are great statements (even one-liners) from the Puritan fathers; others are up-to-date stories with a message.
Francis Dixon often used quotes and illustrations in his preaching, but was careful only to do so if they helped to press home a point, rather than over-stretching a spiritual application.
New quotes will appear regularly. We have tried to give credit where the source is known. We trust you will find them a blessing and a help.
David and Mary Tucker
It is a deep-seated condition of the human soul –
heart is defiled,
mind is degraded,
will is deposed.
Oh, where is this mysterious line
That crosses every path –
The hidden boundary between
God’s patience and His wrath?
How far may we go on in sin?
How long will God forbear?
Where does hope end, and where begin
The confines of despair?
An answer from the skies is sent;
“Ye that from God depart,
While it is called TODAY, repent,
And harden not your heart.
(J. R. Miller)
The serpent’s deadly venom.
A mature Christian is not the product of a day or a month or a year. “It takes time”, said the late Dr Andrew Murray, “to grow into Christ.” We must strike our roots down deep in the soil of the Word and be strengthened by long, long experience.
(James O. Fraser)
Don’t you think that the One who made the spider able to drop anywhere and to spin its own path as it goes, is not able to spin a path for you through every blank, or perplexity, or depression?
(Streams in the Desert)
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as if you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the time that the tide will turn.
(Harriet Beecher Stowe)
I lay my “Why?”s
before your Cross
in worship kneeling,
my mind too numb
my heart beyond
realise that I,
in knowing You,
don’t need a “Why?”.
There are things which even God cannot do for us unless He allows us to suffer. He cannot have the result of the process without the process.
The harder the place the more He loves to show His power … God loves the hard places and the narrow places. (Anon)
The greatest joy in my life is to be under the protection of the Holy Spirit, freely walking in and out between the gap of the lion’s teeth. I am in the shelter of the right hand of the Almighty, so that the Devil cannot touch me. With (God’s) grace I can have victory over strong winds and high waves, defeating the attacking enemy.
(Sister Chen, “Bound to be Free with the Suffering Church”)
William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said, “The greatness of a man’s power is in the measure of his surrender”.
The looser you hold them the tighter they’ll cling!
A dear old saint was asked what she would do if a fierce temptation overtook her. Her quick reply was, “I would lift up my hands to the Lord and say, ‘Lord, your property is in danger – take care of it – quick!’ Then I’d forget about it ’til I was tried again.”
Temptations resisted always bring new strength.
(J. R. Miller)
When God sends us into danger, we are under His protection; when we go where He does not send us, we go unsheltered.
(J. R. Miller)
The food we eat does not affect our moral character. Nothing in this world has any power to defile a heart while it remains outside and is not allowed to enter. A man may be a coal-miner, always black and grimy, always working in dirt, and yet he may have a soul white and unspotted.
This is true of living amid temptations. So long as we keep them outside they have no power to injure us.
No temptation comes without His permitting and tempering the test.
Satan, like a fisherman, baits his hook according to the appetite of the fish.
(Hebrews 12:6’ Romans 8:29)
A visitor was watching a silversmith heating the silver in his crucible. Hotter and hotter grew the fires. All the time the smith was closely scanning the crucible. Presently the visitor said, ‘Why do you watch the silver so closely? What are you looking for?’ ‘I am looking for my face,’ was the answer. ‘When I see my own image in the silver, then I stop. The work is done!’
Why did the silversmith light the fires under the silver? To purify and perfect it … God is looking for a face! It is the face of His Son – for we are “to be conformed to the likeness of his Son” – and He is purging from us all that dims that image.
Never doubt in the dark what the Lord made clear to you in the light.